A Beginner’s Guide to a Sailing Holiday in Split, Croatia
The city of Split, Croatia, is the second largest city in the country and lies on the Eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. It is steeped in culture and history, being founded as early as the 3rd century BC and previously ruled over by the Byzantines, Venetians, Austrians, and Italians.
Split is part of more than a thousand islands that comprise Croatia. It is situated on a peninsula and surround by water, framed my mountains in the distance. The geography of Croatia makes water-based activities, such as kayaking and boating, popular among its residents and tourists. Travel from one island to another can be accomplished by sailing, and there are available rentals for a yacht charter Split.
Renting a boat offers you flexibility in freedom in planning. If this is your first attempt at sailing, there are some things you should know beforehand.
Choosing a boat
The sailboat is the most popular kind. Even if it is not fast, it will allow you to enjoy cruising on the sea and exploring the islands. The sailboats can be anchored on many marinas, most of them for free. If you need some quiet time, there are a lot of bays to choose from, as a lot of the islands are actually uninhabited.
There are two kinds of sailboats: the traditional one with a single hull and the catamaran with two hulls. The latter is more comfortable for new sailors to navigate, more spacious, and can more quickly let you go off for a swim. Sailboats are less expensive than other rental options. What is important is a large outdoor space and boat stability when docked.
If you require faster travel, you can opt for a motorboat. There are many kinds of motorboats with different amenities, such as a spa and Internet.
Should you prefer to meet other people, you can also opt for a cruise ship or to rent a cabin in a boat. It depends on how independent you want to be as a traveler and how many people you are traveling with.
Depending on your experience as a sailor, you may or may not need a license to rent a boat. You may also opt to have a skipper, who would be more experienced about where to go and dock, depending on your preferences.
When to go
The yacht charter season in Croatia runs from May to October. The country has a climate that’s a combination of subtropical and Mediterranean, and it is warmest in late August. However, rentals are les expensive in September, with the weather and sea still warm and less crowds, making it a favorable option.
Best place to start
Split is a popular place to start your sailing adventure, due to its proximity to international airports and to the abundance of sights to see on land as well, such as the Diocletian Palace, Archaeological Museum, and Maryjan Hill. In addition, it is in the middle of the Croatian coast and is only a short trip away from other famous islands: Brac, Hvar, and Korčula. The city also owns a lot of the big marinas and offers lots of options for yachts.